Blam! Pete Rock blastin’ the road gap near the finish of the Graham Swamp 360 six hour endurance race.
Me and Other Me… the internal debate about not being a lazy sod. So a bit more than a few weeks ago, my good buddy & Florida MTB legend, Pete Rose, leaves a rather innocuous voice message to the tune of “Hey man, are you doin’ the 6hr MTB race at Graham Swamp?”
I had recently finished my silly cyclocross season and was not at all interested in putting in the effort to be remotely competitive against the insanely skilled coastal crusher crew of Flagler Beach.
Our second stop (first stop here) for this season’s 2017 cyclocross Cannonade SuperX cyclocross vessel using the brilliant Wolf Tooth Drop Stop 1X chainring, Gnar Wolf chain guide and a lil’ bling, including anodized chainwheel bolts, stem spacers and ultra lightweight topcap with built in spacers.
Saturday, July 8th was the second running of the Tour de Flagler. The 30+ mile Tour entails two of Central Florida’s premier MTB trails with a bit of road, sidewalk, multi-use trail, and dirt doubletrack connecting the two. Also in the route are two bridge climbs in the blazing sun which everyone genuinely looks forward to as the highlights of the day.
Every ride doesn’t have to be a ball buster…as much as the chest puffers may object, there is intrinsic value in a slow day. After a few consecutive tough rides with the young guns, three of us ol’ timers declined on storming the adjacent town’s “A” ride (where charging through a red light is considered a breakaway)…..leave that to the young guns.
“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now”